Organizers Prep For Gay 5K 1 Week After Attack In Orlando

Posted at 10:52 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 23:53:05-04

The LGBT community geared up for the Gay 5k this weekend, one week after the terror attack at a gay night club in Orlando.

The race was set to be held at Shelby Bottoms Park. Organizers said they hoped the race would be a great way for the LGBT community and their straight allies to come together -- especially after this week's tragedy.

“One of the things the gay 5k really does well for our community is that it brings together a lot of the LGBT community and our straight allies. A good number of our participants aren't in the LGBT community. They're the ones that show support to us, and support us from the outside in, which is a great thing,” said Brett Perkins.

Proceeds from the race help Out Central, a non-profit center that supports LGBT issues.

Registration was set for 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m.